French Toast is a breakfast favourite, usually served with real maple syrup and a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. This easy recipe is simple enough to be made by anyone, with no skills required.
What Bread To Use For French Toast
The recipe calls for Texas Toast, but you can use any bread of your choice. We prefer thicker bread like Texas Toast or Challah Bread. But in a pinch, I have made this recipe with regular sliced bread. I don’t recommend brown or whole wheat bread, because it just doesn’t seem to absorb the egg mixture as well.
Another great option for bread is Brioche. It is sweeter than regular bread and it’s softer texture soaks up the egg mixture, without having to use stale bread.
Also, make sure the bread you use is not fresh. Day-old bread works better because it tends to hold the egg mixture in more and does not fall apart when transferring from the egg mixture to the pan. Usually, I try to use a loaf of bread that I have had for at least 3 or 4 days.
One bread variation, that some of my kids like, is using cinnamon raisin bread to make this recipe. It adds a little more flavor and the raisins add texture to the finished product. When using raisin bread, I cut the cinnamon in half in the egg mixture.
Also, the addition of nutmeg adds a little more flavor, but not everyone likes nutmeg, so it is optional. You can also sprinkle nutmeg on top of French Toast before serving instead of adding it to the egg mixture. I do this because I love nutmeg, so whether it is in the recipe or not, I add nutmeg on top with cinnamon and confectioner’s sugar.
What To Serve With French Toast
This recipe can be served on its own. Or you can serve it with sides.
You can also serve this toast with eggs, bacon, and hash browns to make a big breakfast like the ones in restaurants.
Fancy it up
For special occasions, like Mother’s Day, French Toast can be fancied up.
- Instead of maple syrup, try fresh berries and whip cream.
- Drizzle with chocolate syrup
- Fresh strawberries and grated chocolate
- Peaches and creme fraiche
- Nutella and chopped hazelnuts
Turn French Toast into a Dessert
Yes, French Toast can be a dessert. This was actually my daughter’s idea. She tops warm french toast with ice cream and chocolate syrup. She calls it her French Toast Sundae.
We have made many Sundaes using leftovers by adding different toppings. Fruit, caramel, marshmallow creme or fluff, sprinkles, Nutella, and chopped hazelnuts. The kids have also used Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal as a topping.
There are many ways to top French Toast to turn it into a dessert.
What to do with leftover French Toast
I make larger batches on the weekend and store them in an air-tight container in the fridge to have on hand for a quick weekday breakfast before school or work.
Leftover French Toast can also be reheated on a sheet pan in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes. Or you can reheat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes but they will be softer and lose the outside crunch. A toaster, set at 3-4 minutes, also works well for reheating, although toasters do vary so the timing may need to be adjusted.
Leftovers can also be frozen for later use. Place slices in an air-tight container or freezer bag, with parchment paper or waxed paper between the slices. Freeze for up to 3 months. Heat the toast from frozen in the oven or microwave until heated through.
Easy French Toast
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg, optional
- ⅛ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup flour
- 1 loaf Texas Toast bread, white, at least 1 or 2 days old, or Brioche
- 1 stick butter for frying pan
- In a flat bottomed container, beat eggs and milk together until blended and smooth
- Stir in vanilla
- In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, salt and flour.
- Slowly add flour mixture to the egg mixture, beating to avoid clumps
- Heat frying pan over medium heat and melt a Tbsp of butter to coat the pan well, add more butter if needed to coat the entire bottom
- Dip one slice of bread at a time in the egg mixture, turning to coat.
- Lift bread carefully out of the egg mixture and let it drain a little over the bowl, before transferring to the heated frying pan.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned before flipping.
- Cook the other side until browned, about 3-4 minutes
- Repeat with remaining slices of bread, you may have bread or egg mix leftover depending on how fresh your bread is.
- Serve hot with maple syrup